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27 Jun 2018     Glen Kalem
The Prophet, translated.

25 Sep 2018     Glen Kalem
The Kahlil Gibran International Speakers Tour

COMING SOON! “Love is a quenchless thirst”  The Kahlil Gibran International Speakers Tour COMING SOON! Introduction:  Poet and painter Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), best known for his most prized work “The Prophet,” has left an undeniable legacy that places him in the upper echelons of world literature, a champion of human rights, and a forerunner of peace and reconciliation.     A painter who became a poet, his short life was often driven by a “quenchless thirst” to create artistic expression as a mouthpiece to foray subjects that highlighted the cries of humanity, the oneness in being, and the understanding of our collective journey as not separate, but unified by the path of the spirit.     Reading between the lines of his pen and brush, tracing his global footprints, and providing context to his life and work, inter...

21 Feb 2018     Glen Kalem
Injustice and Collective Responsibility in Gibran’s Thought

“The World Day of Social Justice: Celebrating Equality and Justice in the Work of Gibran Khalil Gibran” 20 February 2018, UN-House, Beirut  Roula Moawad, Alexandre Najjar; Francesco Medici; Henri Zgheib; Tarek Chidiac; Centre stage at World Day of Social Justice ESCWA Beirut Feb 2018 February 20th marks “World Day of Social Justice”, and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) held a special event in Beirut celebrating equality and justice in the work of Kahlil Gibran. Kahlil Gibran Scho...

21 Feb 2018     Glen Kalem
“The World Day of Social Justice: UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

Celebrating Equality and Justice in the Work of Gibran Khalil Gibran” 20 February 2018, UN-House, Beirut Roula Moawad, Alexandre ...

21 Feb 2018     Glen Kalem
Injustice and Collective Responsibility in Gibran’s Thought

“The World Day of Social Justice: Celebrating Equality and Justice in the Work of Gibran Khalil Gibran” 20 February 2018, UN-House, Beirut  Roula Moawad, Alexandre Najjar; Francesco Medici; Henri Zgheib; Tarek Chidiac; Centre stage at World Day of Social Justice ESCWA Beirut Feb 2018 February 20th marks “World Day of Social Justice”, and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) held a special event in Beirut celebrating equality and justice in the work of Kahlil Gibran. Kahlil Gibran Scho...

23 Oct 2016     Glen Kalem
At Table with Kahlil Gibran

At Table with Kahlil Gibran   by Francesco Medici   Contrary to popular belief, Kahlil Gibran, Lebanese artist, poet and philosopher, best known the world over as author of The Prophet, did not lead a properly ascetic life. He had a sober life-style, to be sure, and used to spend most of his time writing, painting and drawing by himself in his studio.

22 Apr 2014     Glen Kalem
Translating Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet into Papiamento

By Hilda de Windt-Ayoubi Translating The Prophet started in an almost mystical way. Someone I know, asked me 6 years ago, if I knew Kahlil Gibran. Despite the fact that I wrote him that I did not, he kept mentioning Kahlil’s name once in a while. He wrote me that some aspects of my poems remembered him of this writer.  One day he told me that Kahlil, like my parents, hailed from Lebanon. It was then that I could not close my heart any more. So I went in google-search of this Lebanese writer. When I saw his oeuvre I was really startled. In 2011 my son Faried, bought me The Prophet as a birthday present. I was really touched by this wonderful book. A few months later, I got the second present, a translation into Dutch, De Profeet. While reading this translation, I felt a great desire to translate this marvelous book into Papiamento, our local...

3 Apr 2014     Glen Kalem
The Prophet of War

The Prophet of War by Glen Kalem Picture this; you’re a combat soldier in WWII a few thousand miles away from home, hunched down in a murky bunker waiting for your orders to leap out onto the frontline of Normandy. Moreover, you’re the co-pilot flying a United States aircraft loaded with an atomic bomb en route to the Japanese city of Hiroshima… or further still, you’re one of the sixty-eight American servicewomen captured as a POW in the Philippines. Packed in your uniform sits an oblong-shaped paperback – the front cover reads “Armed Services Edition” Next to it, a distinguished catchphrase “This is the complete book – not a digest”; in between is a photograph of the original book cover and an accompanying title with the author’s name, and t...

22 Apr 2014     Glen Kalem
Gibran in Italy

Francesco Medici is a well accomplished scholar and translator of the works of Kahlil Gibran. A native of Bari, Italy he has translated many of Gibran’s work including the plays, “Lazarus and his beloved” and “The Blind Man” and not to mention the critically acclaimed “The Prophet” in Italian. Francesco is also a research assistant on the film Kahlil Gibran The Reluctant Visionary who has contributed immensely items of research and priceless articles towards the film’s story and treatment. He has a couple of new books out in Italian that are well worth looking into. The first book is titled: “Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet and the Child” [Il profeta e il bambino] this is a collection of unpublished w...

16 Sep 2016     Glen Kalem
The Prophets Muse

Writer/curator Tania Sammons will teach an eight-week course exploring how Mary Haskell Minis, The Prophet’s “muse,” transcended her southern roots, cultivated New England lifestyle, and gender limitations to influence world history. As patron, educator, and traveler Mary Haskell Minis engaged the lofty goal “to make or mar the cosmos” through financial and editorial support of artist-writer Kahlil Gibran whose work “The Prophet” became one of the most influential texts of the twentieth century. Using Mary Haskell Minis as our muse, this course will survey major American history events from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, including Reconstruction, women’s rights, and immigration, as well as the social history of travel, philanthropy, and education. The course finale is a visit to Laurel Grove Cemetery to pay homage to this fascinating woman. The Learn...

16 May 2016     Glen Kalem
Prisoners Of Conscience | Prisoners Of Conscience

Republished  from Huffington Post (Religion) Article By Layli Miron Bahá’í grad student Recently, my husband and I sat spellbound by The Prophet, a gorgeous film adaptation of the 1923 book of poems by Kahlil Gibran. In the film, the prophetic writer and artist, Almustafa (aka Mustafa), is a prisoner of an oppressive government, confined on a Mediterranean island called Orphalese. While the government is not named, various clues point to the Ottoman Empire. The only crime Almustafa has committed is using his faculty for words to advocate for the common folk—which endangers the authorities’ power.

7 May 2018     Glen Kalem
May Rihani appointed new Gibran Chair Director | May Rihani appointed new Gibran Chair Director.

NEWS The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at the University of Maryland has appointed May Rihani as the director of the George and Lisa Zakhem Kahlil Gibran Chair for Values and Peace.

2 May 2016     Glen Kalem
A Publisher is Known By The Company He Reaps | Kahlil Gibran

A Publisher Is Known By the Company He Keeps Reaps.  by Glen Kalem  “[B]ut it was Blanche’s peculiar astuteness that led to the 1923 publication of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet, whose modest initial sales would metastasize 40 years later, in the woo-woo ’60s, helping to lift Knopf into the commercial big-time” A new biography on Blanche Knopf, wife of publishing giant Alfred A. Knopf, whose published works include such authors as Carl Van...

7 Sep 2015     Glen Kalem
New book ~ An anthology of Arab-American poetry by Francesco Medici

  A New Book by Francesco Medici brings into focus an anthology of the Pen Bond.  New York, April 28th 1920 in Kahlil Gibran’s studio a dozen of Syrian-Lebanese writers who emigrated to the United States founded officially a political literary circle known as the 

3 Apr 2014     Glen Kalem
The Pictorial Universe of Kahlil Gibran

The Pictorial Universe of Kahlil Gibran by Eva María Ayala Canseco The Bohemian Club of Boston When Gibran Kahlil Gibran and his family arrived in the United States from Lebanon, they encountered a nation in the midst of an industrial boom. The city in which they would settle was Bost...

7 Jun 2014     Glen Kalem
Gibran has a new address on Planet Mercury

Gibran gets a Crater named after him on planet Mercury.   July 2009 ~ The International Astronomical Union (IAU) names 16 impact craters on Mercury. The newly named craters were imaged during the mission’s first two flybys of Mercury in January and October last year. Naming the craters helps to identify and improve communication among those studying the planet’s geology says; MESSENGER Participating Scientist Dave Blewett, of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, in Laurel, Md. The IAU has been the overseers of planetary and satellite nomenclature since its inception in 1919. In keeping with the established naming theme for craters on Mercury, all of the craters are named after famous ...

24 May 2014     Glen Kalem
A Prophet has been re-born in Curaçao

by Glen Kalem May 21, 2014 ~ at NAAM The National Anthropological – Archaeological Museum in Pietermaai Curaçao While most of the international (Gibran) focus this past week has been about the pre-launch of Salma Hayek’s inspired animation of The Prophet  held at the illustrious Cannes Film Festival in France, a small island in the Caribbean – probably internationally-known by its citrus-infused liqueur Blue Curaçao ...

22 May 2014     Glen Kalem
Global Gibran ~ The Prophet and its Readership

What do Elvis Presley, the richest man in the world, and Guantanamo Bay prisons all have in common? They all read and admired the work of Kahlil Gibran. On the 14th and 15th of May 2014, via an invitation from the Lebanese American University of Lebanon and sponsored by the Departments of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Communication Arts, Mr. Glen Kalem, international Kahlil Gibran researcher and historian, presented a lecture to faculty and students highlighting 16 years of research unearthing the “Global Gibran and His Readership.” The lecture focused on who has read The Prophet

20 May 2014     Glen Kalem
Salma Hayek Talks Turning Philosophy Into Animation for The Prophet

A passionate Salma Hayek was at the Cannes Film Festival to present a work-in-progress screening of The Prophet, based on Kahlil Gibran’s philosophical novel. Turning this 1923 best-seller into an animated feature was always going to be a challenge, but casting some of the best in the business gave her the confidence to meet such a feat. This powerhouse list has Hayek producing along side  Clark Peterson, Jose Tamez and Ron Senkowski. Head director Roger Allers was chosen to lead the helm of A-list animators from across the globe, including the likes of Tomm Moore, Joan C. Gratz, Joann Sfar, Bill Plympton, Paul and Gaetan Brizzi, Michal Socha, Nina Paley and Mohammed Saeed Harib as each mastered a different thematic section of the ...

9 May 2014     Glen Kalem
The Prophet to premiere at Cannes 2014

Participant Media and the Doha Film Institute’s animated adaption of Kahlil Gibran’s book “The Prophet” will premiere at Cannes 2014. This animated feature film brings together many celebrated animators from around the globe, with each one capturing a chapter in “The Prophet” with their own signature style.